Canada opens defence of Pan Am gold

Pan Am Games Men’s Baseball Competition begins Saturday

By Adam Morissette
Baseball Canada

AJAX, Ont. - The Canadian Men’s Baseball Team will begin defence of its Pan American Games gold medal Saturday when they open the 2015 edition of the event against the Dominican Republic (7pm ET) at President’s Choice Pan Am Ball Park in Ajax, Ontario.

The competition will run from July 11-19 with seven nations competing for the gold medal.

The team returns eight players from the 2011 squad that defeated the United States 2-1 in the gold medal contest marking the first time Canada won gold in an international competition at the senior level.

Manager Ernie Whitt, who was at the helm in 2011, also has nine players on his roster with Major League Baseball experience including Andrew Albers, Phillippe Aumont and Jeff Francis who have all appeared in the big leagues in 2015.

In addition to Canada, six other countries are in the competition including Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and the United States. The teams will play a full round robin before semi-final (1 vs 4 / 2 vs 3) and medal games are played.

The last time the Pan American Games were held on home soil, in Winnipeg in 1999, Whitt led the club to a bronze medal, while Stubby Clapp, a coach on this year’s squad, was a player on the team. The 1999 event was the first time that pro players were allowed to compete at an international senior event.

To follow results of the Pan American Games Men’s Baseball Competition, please click here.

Note: There is no live broadcast or live streaming available.

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Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.